How To Take A Good Profile Photo For LinkedIn – LinkedIn Profile Photo Tips

How To Take A Good Profile Photo For LinkedIn – LinkedIn Profile Photo Tips

January 15, 2020 37 By Peter Engel


In this video, I’m going to teach you the
do’s and don’ts of a LinkedIn profile photo. Hi there. I’m Heather Austin from
professoraustin.com and The Career Club on Facebook and on this channel I
teach simple solutions to help you launch a career you love so if you’re
new here consider subscribing. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me just
say that your profile is 14 times more likely to be viewed and nine times more
likely to receive a connection request if you have a high-quality professional
photo. We know that connection requests lead to higher quality career
opportunities so my friends, you can’t wait any longer ,if you are looking to
land a new career opportunity or more clients, you need to master this list of
do’s and don’ts of a LinkedIn profile photo. Let’s get started! The first DO
is to smile in your photo. Show your teeth. Did you know that your smile can
be a predictor of how long you live? Yes! It’s been proven that the more you smile
the longer you will live. We are naturally attracted to those that smile.
It shows authority and it makes others think that you know what’s going on
around you. You want your smile to be natural and not forced. Here’s a tip.
Before your photo is snapped, say a word that ends in a. For example, ninja, papa
pizza. The next DO is to have the neutral or a solid color background. Here’s
something else to consider. Try testing a bright colored background but with a
neutral colored shirt. If you do this, make sure the clothing you’re
wearing does not overpower the image. The next DO is to make sure that you are
wearing clothing appropriate to your industry. For men, my
recommendation is to wear a dress shirt with a tie. If that’s too formal, try
wearing just a collared shirt. For women, I like to recommend a nice blouse and
possibly even a blazer to go over the blouse. The next DO is to make sure your
photo is taken from the elbow up. This allows a hiring manager, a recruiter or a
potential client to fully connect with you in the image. Let’s jump into the
don’ts of a LinkedIn profile photo. The first DON’T would be to don’t hold your
favorite furry friend. Believe it or not, I see this frequently. This might be
okay on a more informal social platform. When it comes to LinkedIn, you don’t want
to have your pet in the picture with you. The next DON’T’ would be to don’t use an
outdated photo. You don’t want to confuse your connection if they meet you
face-to-face. Make sure your photo is recent. The next
DON”T is don’t look away from the camera. This becomes very distracting to your
audience and it can even give the message that you are shy, that you’re a
pushover or that you’re indifferent. Make eye contact with the camera. This gives
the message that you are confident and assertive and that you are open to new
opportunities. This also makes your audience feel like they are making
direct contact with you. The next DON’T is don’t wear a hat or sunglasses and if
this is a problem for you DON’T appear overly sexy in your profile
photo. Here’s a bonus tip for you. The ideal size for your profile photo is 400
pixels high by 400 pixels wide and you also want to make sure it’s either in a
JPG or PNG format. Here’s another bonus tip for you. If you can and it fits in
your budget, my recommendation would be to use a local photographer to take your
photo or go to a local shopping center. Normally they have a studio or a system
set up to quickly snap a shot. If that’s not an option for you, you
can use your smartphone. My recommendation here would be to use
this side of your lens rather than the front side of your lens and I would actually
recommend having someone take the photo for you. You’ll actually get a more clear
shot. Let’s recap! When it comes to a LinkedIn profile photo, here are your
do’s. Do smile in your photo. Show your teeth. Do you have a neutral or a solid
color background. Do make sure your appearance is clean and appropriate for
your industry and do make sure your photo is taken from the elbows up. Now
let’s recap the don’ts. Don’t hold your favorite furry friend. Don’t use an old
photo. Don’t look away from the camera. Make eye contact and then the last don’t
is don’t wear a hat or sunglasses. So hopefully these do’s and don’ts will
help you when you take your next LinkedIn profile photo. If you want to
knock the rest of your LinkedIn profile out of the park, make sure you take a
look at my 10-point LinkedIn Profile Optimizer cheat sheet. I’ll link it up in
the description below and if you want to join business professionals just like
you from all around the world, make sure you take a look at The Career Club on
Facebook. A private community design to help you live your career to the max.
I’ll provide a link to The Career Club below this video. So here’s a
question for you… What trend have you seen recently in
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